About This Program
You’re a people person. You love helping others, even when that requires patience, empathy, and hard work. You want a career that can take you places. Occupational therapy may be the program for you.
Why Utica College
Building on a liberal arts foundation, the mission of Utica College's graduate program in occupational therapy is to facilitate the transformation of students into autonomous thinkers and community leaders. Taught by UC’s accomplished faculty, students learn the skills to help people become active, aid those in recovery from a physical or cognitive injury, and provide support to the elderly.
Occupational Therapy at Utica
“I always had an idea that I would like to help people who may not have the same opportunities and privileges that I have, but now I just have this burning desire to help. Because now I have seen it, I know it."
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Nursing Homes
- Community Programs
- Private Practice
What You'll Learn
UC’s occupational therapy program is distinctive in its collaborative community alliances that enable faculty and students to meet the needs of society while promoting critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and skill development. The Occupational Therapy program is approved by the New York State Education Department and fully accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Occupational Therapy Faculty
A Degree That Works
Our graduates work in a variety of arenas of health care including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, and community programs and private practice. Students and graduates have presented at national and state conferences and many have published in occupational therapy journals and health related journals.
Student Voices: Melanie Carlson '17
Utica College's 2017 Valedictorian Melanie Carlson talks about her experience in Utica College's 3+2 Occupational Therapy masters program.
In her own words, Occupational Therapy major and water polo player Evelyn Kurzac '14 discusses her experiences at Utica College.READ MORE
Student Voices: Cassandra Dychton
Occupational therapy major Cassandra Dychton discusses what she feels makes the UC faculty outstanding and how her field work in the Domenican Republic helped solidified her career choices and her confidence in herself.
The UCOT Dominican Republic experience consists of a Level 1 Fieldwork Experience for the occupational therapy students who are in their final year of the graduate occupational therapy program. The students work collaboratively with supervisors from Utica College as well as occupational therapists in the Dominican Republic to provide occupational therapy intervention services.READ MORE
Student Voices: Tessa Lamper
Occupational Therapy major Tessa Lamper discusses how she found Utica College to have something for everyone and, though reserved in high school, found the warm environment and people of UC helped bring her out of her shell.
Many UC occupational therapy graduates have gone on to put their experiences and specialized skillset to use helping othersOT Alumni
Building on a liberal arts foundation, the mission of Utica College's graduate program in occupational therapy is to facilitate the transformation of students into autonomous thinkers and community leaders prepared to competently practice occupation-based therapy.More on the UCOT Mission
The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a student-led professional organization affiliated with the student organization of the American Occupational Therapy Association and supports local service organizations, fundraises for students to attend local and national conferences, and offers students first-hand lessons of the value of professional relationships.LEARN MORE
The Occupational Therapy program is fully accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. The phone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-AOTA [301-652-2682]. The web address of ACOTE is www.acoteonline.org.
All Utica College MS/OT program graduates are eligible to apply and sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), located at One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878; phone (301) 990-7979. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or obtain a state license as an occupational therapist.Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Thera…